Wales lads get in gear for Scottish warm up
OSPREYS flanker Will Jones will captain Wales U20 for the World Rugby championship in Georgia, which pits them against Australia, England and Samoa in an extremely tough group.
Twenty-three of the 28man squad featured in this year’s U20 Six Nations, rewarded for a campaign which lived up to their coaches’ desire to see Wales play an exciting brand of rugby.
Those looking to gain their first caps at this level are centre Connor Edwards, loosehead Eddie Drake, lock Will Griffiths (Wales U18 captain), wing Joe Goodchild and tighthead Scott Jenkins.
Wales have suffered a blow with the loss of key centre Keiran Williams, top try scorer in the Six Nations, through injury but head coach Jason Strange is confident those selected have what it takes to make a tilt at the title.
“It’s fair to say the time for experimentation is over,” said Strange. “We’ve got a balanced squad with huge amounts of potential some of which we’ve already seen.
“The new players coming in are there because they’ve shown they can integrate well with the way we want the team to play. We’re hoping they can add to what we’ve already achieved so far as a group.”
Wales will face their Scottish counterparts in Bridgend on Tuesday in a warm-up.